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Who’s looking after your Dog: Our Pack Leaders

Melika – Assistant Manager

Qualifications: Level 3 Animal Care and Animal Management, APDT Trainer, Dog First Aid

Favourite Enrichment activity I do with the pack:
I love doing gate work and trick training with the dogs

Favourite Sweet / Snack & Drink: I like a waffle and a glass of prosecco

Interesting Fact about me: I have an African themed sleeve tattoo

Eve

Qualifications: Working towards my Level 2 in Animal Care, Dog First Aid

Favourite Enrichment activity I do with the pack:
I love playing on the field with the dogs teaching them to fetch and drop the ball

Favourite Sweet / Snack & Drink: I love Scampi Fries and the odd Malibu

Interesting Fact about me: I was a Goalkeeper for Burton Albion U16 Ladies

Abbi

Qualifications: Working towards my Level 2 in Animal Care, Dog First Aid

Favourite Enrichment activity I do with the pack:
I love doing dog agility with the dogs, especially the jumps

Favourite Sweet / Snack & Drink: I like a blue raspberry bon bon and an Archers and Lemonade

Interesting Fact about me: My hair has been every colour of the rainbow

Zoe

Qualifications: Working towards my Level 2 in Animal Care

Favourite Enrichment activity I do with the pack:
I love encouraging the dogs to use the tunnels

Favourite Sweet / Snack & Drink: Dairy Milk Oreo and I’m partial to a banana milkshake

Interesting Fact about me: I am double jointed in both hands

Olivia

Qualifications: Working towards my Level 2 in Animal Care, Dog First Aid

Favourite Enrichment activity I do with the pack:
I love it in the summer when we get the water activities out

Favourite Sweet / Snack & Drink: I like a Cadbury Dairy Milk and Glitterberry J20

Interesting Fact about me: I held the Olympic torch in 2012

Hannah

Qualifications: Working towards my Level 2 in Animal Care, Dog First Aid

Favourite Enrichment activity I do with the pack:
I love playing bubbles with the dogs

Favourite Sweet / Snack & Drink: I like a pack of donuts and my drink of choice is any type of gin

Interesting Fact about me: I dance everywhere I go

Sophie

Qualifications: Working towards my Level 2 in Animal Care

Favourite Enrichment activity I do with the pack:
I love teaching the puppies to go through the tunnels

Favourite Sweet / Snack & Drink: I love any chocolate and a Bubblet tea

Interesting Fact about me: I’m a psychic medium

Fleur

Qualifications: Level 3 in Animal Care & Management, Dog & Human First Aid

Roles : Planning, Customer Liaison & General Organising

Favourite Enrichment activity I do with the pack:
I love checking the dogs in, seeing them run in and excited to start playing

Favourite Sweet / Snack & Drink: I love jelly sweets especially Jelly Tots and a nice mug of tea

Interesting Fact about me: I played at the Royal Albert Hall in the School Proms

Mat

Qualifications: Dog First Aid

Roles : Maintenance, mowing, sweeping & finance

Favourite Enrichment activity I do with the pack:
Picking the dogs up and then taking them home again in my van

Favourite Sweet / Snack & Drink: Any soft blue cheese and a good pint or two of lager

Interesting Fact about me: I’ve never let being dyslexic hold me back

Ada

Responsibilities: Head of Entertainment, Sleeping and Sunbathing

Roles : 2nd dog all new dogs meet, bothering her brother (Albert), funding places to sleep

Favourite Enrichment activity I do with the pack:
Scent Work

Favourite Sweet / Snack & Drink: Melika Kisses

Interesting Fact about me: My party trick is sleeping at any time of the day in the weirdest and loudest places

Bud

Roles : Crowd Control

Favourite Enrichment activity I do with the pack:
Balls

Favourite Sweet / Snack & Drink: Ginger biscuits

Interesting Fact about me: I like an afternoon nap with Mat and help with eating biscuits

Ethel

Roles : I bring ‘Sass’ to the pack and help show the young pups around

Favourite Enrichment activity I do with the pack:
Boomer Balls (must be bigger than my head)

Favourite Sweet / Snack & Drink: Venison

Interesting Fact about me: My bow ties bring sartorial elegance to the pack

Albert

Roles : 1st dog all new dogs meet & long distance runner

Favourite Enrichment activity I do with the pack:
Balls – nothing else ever!

Favourite Sweet / Snack & Drink: Balls – it’s all I care about

Interesting Fact about me: I wear a FitBark (FitBit for dogs) and average around 20 miles a day.

How Dogs Play Day Care Supports Local

To help Alfred on his journey we put aside 10p from each and every journey our customers book for their dog if they use our taxi service.

Alfred’s Story

Alfred is 6 years old from Swadlincote, Derbyshire and suffered a brain injury at birth in 2015. He was born lifeless and took 9 minutes to resuscitate, at which point he was put on a ventilator. His brain had been starved of oxygen which caused brain damage in several areas. Just before Alfred was 1 years old he was diagnosed with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and more recently epilepsy. This means that the damage effects all parts of his body, physically. Cognitively Alfred is just like most other 6 year olds and he is doing so well at a mainstream school learning the same curriculum as his peers (with allowances for physical boundaries). Alfred is currently totally physically dependant and require help with all areas of daily life.

Over the last 6 years Alfred has completed 11 intensive treatment blocks in the UK and recently his 12th intensive was in Boston, America. The centre in the USA is called THE NAPA CENTRE and it has been truly life changing to see how much of a difference 3 weeks there can make. The centre is like nothing on offer in the UK (yet!). Alfred completed 4 hours a day of intensive therapy for 3 weeks and he got so much stronger and so much closer to some BIG milestones. The treatment in the USA isn’t cheap and cost over £12,000 but every penny was worth it. Alfred is now very close to being able to get himself into a kneeling position from being flat on the floor. We have been lucky enough to get another place at NAPA in May 2022 and are desperate to raise enough money to go.

Alfred will tell us daily how much he wants to move around like most people and he has the drive and determination to do so with the right tools. He is an absolute fighter, which we saw within the first 12 hours of his birth, when he pulled his ventilator out himself and began breathing on his own. He was the first 4 year old with cerebral palsy in our local area to have a speedy powered wheelchair and able to drive it competently.

Alfred dreams of having a dog of his own one day and walking it daily, running around the playground with his friends and having a more independent life not relying on his parents. We would do anything to get him closer and closer to his dreams and keep progressing. He’s come so far already and we love nothing more than when senior doctors see him as an absolute marvel. He really is a marvel and works so hard everyday.

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/teamalfred

So to help Alfred on his journey we put aside 10p from each and every journey our customers book for their dog if they use our taxi service.

Last Christmas due to our amazing and generous customers we managed to collect over 500 meals, enough treats to keep the tails wagging for a while and £150 for Harley’s Hounds.

Harley’s do a great job looking after local rescue dogs, so thought the year if our customers have any old kit e.g. dog beds, towels, dog coats, cages etc. we will gladly pass them onto Harley’s and the week before every Christmas we encourage all the dogs to come in an Christmas jumper and if possible make a donation of any dog food or treats they might have tucked away in a cupboard that their pooch no longer likes, some customers even donate cash, there is no obligation it’s a bit of fun, we post the photos of all the dogs in their jumpers on our social media and the donations really help out this local dog charity:

Last Christmas due to our amazing and generous customers we managed to collect over 500 meals, enough treats to keep the tails wagging for a while and £150 for Harley’s hounds.

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